Dateline Rice for Feb. 4, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Amid spaceflight anniversaries, where NASA is going is in question
Leroy Chiao, lecturer in mechanical engineering and materials science, is quoted in a front-page article about the future of NASA. A panel on space policy held at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)


BBC Radio
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on BBC Radio to discuss Syria and the reported Israeli strikes on Syrian military targets. A link to this broadcast is not available.

Introducing the I-slate
Krishna Palem, the Ken and Audrey Kennedy Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering, is interviewed about the importance of the I-slate educational tablet.
International Indian

15 quirky stories that make the Super Bowl more interesting
An article about quirky Super Bowl stories notes research by Katherine Ensor, professor and chair of statistics, about the odds of coaching against one’s own brother at the Super Bowl. A separate article mentions Ensor’s research.
The Harbaughs vs. the Mannings

Oil is America’s motive for war
Research by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is cited in an op-ed about oil and U.S. foreign policy.

Republican group says nine million to 50 million illegal immigrants live in United States
An article about a statement made by the Texas Federation of Republican Women mentions Joan Neuhaus Schaan, a former terrorism fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Colleges often have icons with flaws
An article about colleges that have icons with troubling biographies mentions that Rice founder William Marsh Rice owned slaves.
Chicago Tribune


New blow to cancer center is at budget
A front-page story reports on the financial challenges facing MD Anderson Cancer Center. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted. Ho also appeared on KPRC-TV’s "Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall" to discuss the Affordable Care Act.
Houston Chronicle
Affordable Care Act, ReelAbilities

Is there a win-win for Perry-Abbott?
Gov. Rick Perry says Attorney General Greg Abbott promised not to run against him if he seeks re-election, but there’s speculation about a way that both could win. Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. Jones is also quoted in an article about the Texas legislative session.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the Greenwich Time.)
Immigration bills dwindle at Texas Legislature
Austin American-Statesman

Confessions of a liberal gun owner in Texas
Justin Cronin, distinguished faculty fellow in English, authored this commentary about gun control.
Houston Chronicle

School finance fix is a long time coming
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted in an article about the Texas school funding lawsuit.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Houston: Larry McMurtry’s Paris
A news brief discusses alumnus Larry McMurtry’s ’60 recent Texas Monthly op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Star section.)

Brigance serves as Ravens’ source of strength
An article features alumnus O.J. Brigance ’92 for his struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Houston Chronicle

Symphony celebrates anniversary with ‘three score’ event
Brinton Averil Smith, associate professor of cello; Frank Huang, artist teacher of violin; and Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, will perform with the Symphony of Southeast Texas Feb. 23.
Orange Leader


ABC Radio (Australia)
Peter Hotez, a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses "neglected tropical diseases."

Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KTRK-TV to discuss immigration reform.

Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses marijuana prohibition.


Rice University Art Gallery opens exhibition by Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg
An article discusses artist Gunilla Klingberg’s Rice University Art Gallery installation.

MIT researchers propose practical compressed sensing
Rice is mentioned in an article about compressed sensing research at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology.

Nokia starts development of world’s strongest material
Rice is mentioned in an article about graphene research conducted by Nokia.


Cataclysms on the Columbia
Brandon Dugan, associate professor of Earth science, will speak at Southwest Oregon Community College May 18.
Coos Bay World (Ore.)

On anniversary of Columbia disaster, America should redouble space effort
President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice is cited in an article about the 10th anniversary of the space shuttle Columbia disaster.

Bending Cleveland to cosmopolitanism
Alumnus Ari Maron ’00 is profiled for his life and career.
Cleveland Jewish News

Underwater Hatteras photos recall Wilmington shipbuilding industry
Rice is mentioned in a column about Delaware’s celebration of the history of the Christina River.
Wilmington News Journal (Del.)

JSerra international students to compete in Stanford Math Tournament
Rice is mentioned in an article about participants in the Stanford Math Tournament.


East Carolina takes advantage of mismatch in middle against Rice
Articles recap a men’s basketball game between Rice and East Carolina University.
Houston Chronicle
East Carolina 79, Rice 63 (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Charlotte Observer and nearly 20 other media outlets.)

Women’s basketball down Rice 64-60
An article recaps a women’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Memphis. (A similar article also appeared on

Minnesota Lynx re-sign Jessica Adair
An article about the Minnesota Lynx women’s basketball team mentions Taj McWilliams-Franklin and notes that she is serving as assistant women’s basketball coach at Rice.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press (Minn.)

Texas Longhorn legend sold investors bum steer
An article reporting that former New Orleans Saints football player Russell Allen Erxleben was arrested and charged with running a $2 million Ponzi scheme mentions that he set the record for the longest field goal in NCAA history in a game against Rice. (registration required)

Pitching a priority for Highlanders
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Woodlands High School baseball team.
Woodlands Villager (Texas)

Cole Thomas signs with Rice University
A Cinco Ranch High School student-athlete has signed to play at Rice.
Katy News

Rice football recruiting: Offensive lineman Kenneth Thompson
Articles discuss possible Rice Owls football recruits.
Houston Chronicle
Rice football recruiting: Offensive lineman Peter Godber
Houston Chronicle

Greenwich’s Sean Obi breaks 1,000-point mark
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Greens Farms Academy student-athlete.

About Patrick McLaughlin

Patrick McLaughlin is a news assistant in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs. Patrick is responsible for production of the daily newsletter Dateline Rice and maintaining databases of metrics of mentions of Rice in the news media.